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Celebrate the Life of Award-Winning Author Sid Fleischman


March 16, 1920 — March 17, 2010

The Whipping Boy

1987 Newbery Medal

"I write what I am. When I sit down to a blank street of paper, I may become a yellow-haired boy, a snarling pirate, a prankish wizard's ghost, or even a dog with arrogant wolf's eyes. But beneath all the makeup, the wigs and putty noses — that's me: off on a fresh adventure and having as much fun as I can." — Sid Fleischman

Celebrate the life and works of Newbery Award-winning author Sid Fleischman with these Teaching Resources at Scholastic.com:

Harry Potter Classroom Contest — Enter to WIN!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open soon at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, and you and your class could be there for the grand opening!

By answering the question "Why is my class extraordinary?" in a short video, you and your students could be part of a group on a three-day, two-night trip to the opening celebration festivities.

Review full contest rules and application guidelines for your chance to enter and win. The contest ends March 26, 2010, so get your video entries in!

Continue the excitement with these FREE Harry Potter Teaching Resources at Scholastic online:



Author Event: Chris d'Lacey

Dark_fireChris d'Lacey, author of Dark Fire, will be making appearances at:

Books and Books in Coral Gables, FL
May 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET
Call for details: 305-442-4408

Books of Wonder in New York, NY
May 15, 2010 at 12 p.m. ET
Call for details: 212-989-3270

Author Events: Kate Falls and Coleen Murtagh Paratore

DarkLife_coverKate Falls, author of Dark Life, will be making appearances at:

The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL
May 10, 2010 at 2 p.m. CT
Call for details:  847-446-8880

Anderson's Bookshop in Downer's Grove, IL
May 10, 2010 at 7 p.m. CT
Call for details: 630-963-2665


WishIMight_cover Coleen Murtagh Paratore, author of Wish I Might, will be making appearances at:

Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee, MA
July 16, 2010 at 6 p.m. ET
Call for details: 508-539-6985

Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, MA
July 17, 2010 at 11 a.m. ET
Call for details: 508-548-5548

Where the Sidewalk Ends in Chatham, MA
July 17, 2010 at 3 p.m. ET
Call for details: 508-945-0499‎

The Brewster Bookstore in Brewster, MA
July 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. ET
Call for details: 508-896-6543

New Video Book Trailers

The gang in our Book Fairs group has put together a bunch of fun book trailers for this season's newest books, including a bunch that have conversations with the authors, like Diana Lopez, Paula Morris and illustrator David Catrow.

One of my favorite videos this round is for "The Big Field" by sports writer Mike Lupica. His sports-themed books are great for athletic boys who tend to avoid books like dirty laundry.

Or watch all the video book trailers in our Video Center.

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